Korthalsia rogersii

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Korthalsia rogersii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Calamoideae
Tribe: Calameae
Genus: Korthalsia
Species: K. rogersii
Binomial name
Korthalsia rogersii
Becc.

Korthalsia rogersii is an endangered endemic rattan species, thought to be extinct from the insular habitat of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean until 1993. Korthalsia rogersii was first described by Odoardo Beccari in 1918 based on two herbarium field specimens collected by C. G. Rogers in 1904 from the South Andaman Island.[1] This species was known only from these two collections until 1993. Sam Mathew and Lekshminarasinhan (Botanical Survey of India) were able to relocated this species again during an exploration at Chidiyatapu forests of the South Andamans after a gap of about 100 years. Live collections are introduced at Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Trivandrum, South India.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. G. Rogers 143, South Andaman, 22 March 1904 (K) & C. G. Rogers 62, S. Andaman. Potatang Stream, 2 February 1904(K)
  2. ^ Mathew, S. P. et al 2007: "Korthalsia rogersii - a vanishing endemic palm of the Andaman Islands", Palms 51: 43-47